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Tex Fletcher .... Tex Fletcher
Joan Barclay .... Jean Harper
Ralph Peters .... Spud Donovan
Reed Howes .... Jim Davis
Ted Adams .... Sheriff Joe
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart .... Don Harper (as Bud McTaggart)
Walter Shumway .... Bart
Kit Guard .... Henchman Pat
Carl Mathews .... Jake
Art Davis .... Mike
Robert Frazer .... Lem Baker
Jack McHugh .... Teammate Butch
James Sheridan .... Henchman Slim (as Sherry Tansey)
Subject: Typical western, but with a few extras
Usual story of a band of rustlers who kill someone's father and take over the town, and the young guy who comes to avenge his father's murder, sets everything straight, and wins the girl by the end. In this case, though, the young guy (Tex Fletcher) leaves a successful career playing football in the "big city" to go back home. One of his teammates, Spud Donovan (Ralph Peters) wants to tag along and experience the cowboy lifestyle that he's seen in all those movies—maybe even this movie.
Hanging a lampshade on Spud's motivation (and on the whole genre of western films) is only the beginning of the fun, as he provides comedy relief throughout. I couldn't bear to watch him attempt to "leap into the saddle" without the aid of a stirrup, and one of his "dismounts" where he does a full somersault before landing on his rump in the dirt was just awesome. His antics provide just the right amount of leavening that all too many westerns could seriously use.
They also make use of the singing cowboy trope, but with the difference that Tex can actually sing and play guitar. He can do much better than just strum a few chords, too. He also seems to have been born to the saddle, and uses quick running mounts and other riding tricks that are to be seen in the Paul Malvern/John Wayne series of westerns here on IA. Like Wayne's characters in those films, Tex succeeds because he out-thinks and outsmarts the opposition ("brains against beef," as he puts it). The cunning and deviousness of his character makes for a story that holds interest.
With a better than average story, the rest of the cast have something to work with, and also turn in strong performances. I don't know why it would surprise anyone that a film this well made would be entertaining.
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Thank you for uploading this film. Very enjoyable.
Subject: This good guy could sing, swing, and shoot
Subject: Not bad
Subject: Tex Fletcher plays.. Tex Fletcher.
The plot in this one is actually not bad, although there are SOME western clichés, theres some perks of originality here and there (having Fletcher come from a foorball team for instance) and the ending, which takes place in a sandstorm! was highly interesting and entertaining.
Tex Fletcher is pretty good here. Ive never seen his work before. Hes a sleepy eyed, marginally attractive cowboy, and he can sing pretty good, singing songs such as When I Get Back in The Range and that all time classic They Wont Stretch My Neck If I Know It. The supporting cast is very good as well, with bonus points going to Jack Mchugh as Fletchers goofy sidekick Butch. A surprisingly entertaining movie!